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Spring Covid-19 booster jabs to be rolled out by NHS Highland in Sutherland for those aged over 75 or those who are immunosuppressed


By Ian Duncan

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NHS Highland director of public health Dr Tim Allison. Picture: James Mackenzie
NHS Highland director of public health Dr Tim Allison. Picture: James Mackenzie

All residents in Highland, Argyll and Bute aged over 75 or those who are immunosuppressed are being invited for a spring booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that everyone in those cohorts should receive a spring booster dose of the vaccine 24 weeks (six months) after their initial booster.

Residents across NHS Highland will be invited to attend via letter by NHS Scotland (letters in blue envelope). The initial focus is those at the greatest risk of Covid-19 infection, including those living in care homes.

There is no need to contact NHS Highland or your GP practice, although you will be able to change your appointment date if required. Details of how to change your appointment are included in the letter.

Dr Tim Allison, NHS Highland’s director of public health, said: “Vaccinations remain the best way for us to protect ourselves and our families from Covid-19.

“Covid-19 infection may be more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system, and the protection from the vaccine may be lower and wear off more quickly in these people.

“The spring booster dose is being offered as a precaution to those at high risk of Covid-19 infection.

“I would encourage everyone who is invited for a spring booster dose to attend their appointment and help to increase their level of protection against Covid-19.”

NHS Highland is using a range of locations across the Highland Council area and Argyll and Bute Council area, including mobile units to maximise the opportunities for people to attend for their vaccine. This will be updated on the NHS Highland website with information on locations of clinics as they become available.


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